Kolkata (Metro Rail News): Kolkata Metro is going to expand its services on weekends and is going to increase the number of rakes travelling between North 24 Parganas district’s Noapara and Dumdum from July 1, It was said in a circular issued by the Metro Railway authority on June 27, 2019.
On Saturdays 236 metro rakes (118 pairs) will run between the two terminal stations — Dumdum and Kavi Subhash, By adding 12 more metro rakes in the current number. A total number of 124 rakes (62 pairs) will be at service on Sundays instead of 110 rakes at present, the circular said.
On weekdays three more trains will be added between the Dumdum and Noapara stations. At least seven will be added on Saturdays to manage the increasing number of commuters in the metro. Nine more trains will be added on Sundays, according to the circular.
Currently the metro services on Sunday starts from 9.50 a.m. but now it will be changed and instead of 9.50 a.m. it will start from 9 a.m.
Currently, 284 (142 pairs) rakes are at service in the Dumdum-Kavi Subhash route on weekdays.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Union Rail Ministry had not created any provision for at least three extensions of the Kolkata Metro rail in the Budget.
Mamata said that, a nominal budgetary provision has been made for ongoing works on Kolkata’s East-West Metro line forcing works to grind to a halt.